Safe tips for rainy days.
Have the recent downpours got you worried about driving safely on the roads? Then read on for some quick tips to keep your Volkswagen running perfectly in adverse weather conditions.
In bad weather conditions, drive below the speed limit, be extra careful around curves and allow for some space between you and the car in front of you as braking distance increases by at least 40% on wet roads. It will also allow you to better anticipate road conditions and what other motorists may do.
During periods of heavy rain or haze, be sure to keep your headlights on. If visibility remains an issue, turn your fog lights on too.
If you have driven into a deep puddle, do not fret. Drive gently ahead without speeding up. Do not stop your car or water may seep into the tail pipe and engine, causing the engine to seize. Instead, make use of brake disc wipers which come with Volkswagen cars. By applying the brake pads to the brake discs, unwanted films of water are removed to maximise brake performance.
Check tyres for damage regularly and remove foreign bodies embedded in the treads. Also ensure that your tyres are of the right pressure. The correct pressure can be found inside the fuel flap of your vehicle.
Visibility is key in the rain, so have your car lights (headlamps, brake lights, etc.) properly tested at the Dialogue Reception at our service centres.
Do check that your wipers are working effectively at all speeds. You should clean them regularly with a window cleaning solution and a soft sponge or cloth. Aim to change your wiper blades at least once a year.
When it rains, water gets into the brake pads and disks, reducing brake efficiency. Dry out brakes as much as possible too.